If there is one thing that has been keeping me going during this lockdown, it is looking forward to the fortnightly virtual concerts from musician Angus Munro.
Angus has featured in the blog a couple of times as he is a very talented artist as well as an amateur piano wrestler! Watching his hour long concerts, give you a real insight into his amazing vocals (of a higher range) and show you his versatility as a singer. Some of Angus’s original compositions include Mirror Man and Equalizer.
Sharing one of my favourite songs at the blog every month, has become a tradition of sorts. After contemplating whether or not to keep it going, I have decided that I will, as not only does it bring a sense of nostalgia, but reminds me of the songs that I have truly loved over time. Previously called Favourite Golden Oldie song, I have now renamed this feature to Favourite Song of the Month. This month I have chosen I Knew I Loved You from Savage Garden.
Ever since I began my journey into Mindfulness almost two years ago, I began to realise just how important it is, to incorporate the practice into our daily lives.
The true essence of Mindfulness is to live fully in the present moment. That means when you are enjoying a cup of tea or coffee, you are fully focused on how it tastes, smells and how comforting it makes you feel. Mindfulness is essentially learning the art of self-awareness. The more self aware we are, the more we can recognise how we are feeling and then be able to manage our stress levels better.
The main technique used in Mindfulness practice, is bringing your attention to your breathing. Your breath can be used as the main anchor, when you have noticed that your mind and attention have wandered off, taking you away from the present moment. Our breath ultimately guides us back to the present while reminding us constantly that we are alive.
A short term solution or a new sustainable reality?
As the world has slowly but surely adapted to a big change in circumstances and way of living, the thought of being able to attend a music concert or a festival have been out of the question. With many upcoming concerts now being cancelled or rescheduled, concert organisers and artists have come together to find new ways to bring music to their audience.
As an avid live music fan, (I attended two concerts by myself last year), I have welcomed the invention of virtual concerts. Have I attended any of them? Only a couple of Instagram lives and I have been thinking why that is the case. Let’s take a look.